This week's book giveaway is in the Mac OS forum. We're giving away four copies of a choice of "Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite" or "Take Control of Automating Your Mac" and have Joe Kissell on-line! See this thread for details.
However it does help if you can identify when politics is taking place, even if you don't mean to participate. I'm sure that comes naturally to many people -- probably those are the ones who are participating -- but it doesn't come naturally to everybody. So yes, acquiring experience would be helpful.